Recently, the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point proposed to drop 13 majors in subjects that have to do with the social sciences and humanities. This is a very controversial proposal that is under fire by some people and applauded by others.
The 13 majors that the school proposed to delete include Spanish, Political Science, Sociology (but not the Social Work major), Music Literature, Philosophy, Geoscience, Geography, German, History, French, Art (but not the Graphic Design major), English and American Studies. The English and History majors for teacher certifications will continue.
People who have already enrolled in majors that are on the chopping block will be given the opportunity to fully complete their educational tracts for their degrees. Even if UW-Stevens Point gets rid of the 13 majors, the subjects, themselves, will still be taught at the school. So, for example, even if the English major is gone there will still be English classes. If these subjects are deleted, there will still be minors for some of them, as well as certificate programs.
In the process of eliminating some majors, the school hopes to expand some subjects of study that are deemed as more useful to the job market, including marketing, fire science, management, Conservation Law Enforcement, Chemical Engineering and Computer Information Systems.
The school also plans on making new bachelors and advanced majors, such as Captive Wildlife, Master of Business Administration, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Natural Resources, Aquaculture/Aquaponics, Environmental Engineering and Geographic Information Science.
This proposal must be discussed by a campus governance committee. After that, it must be discussed by the UW System Board of Regents and the Chancellor.
The proposal was made because of a low budget and a drop in attendance. The college feels that liberal arts majors are considered to be too soft, and that they will attract more students if they have industry-oriented majors that are thought to be more useful.